Legendary US saxophonist Charles Lloyd, iconic soul singer and Earth Wind & Fire founding member Philip Bailey, powerhouse jazz vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, genre-bending superstar Anderson .Paak and blues singer-songwriter Keb’ Mo’ are among the nominees for the 2020 Jazz FM Awards.
Four-time Grammy-winning Jacob Collier, Brit Award Rising Star winner Celeste, Mercury-nominated SEED Ensemble and Moses Boyd, Joe Armon-Jones, Yazz Ahmed, Binker Golding, Xhosa Cole and Ashley Henry are amongst the British artists nominated, showcasing the exceptional musical diversity and talent bursting from the UK scene right now.
Once again, the PPL Lifetime Achievement Award, Gold Award and Impact Award recipients will be announced ahead of the ceremony, which is set for 27 May. Music greats such as George Benson, Dame Cleo Laine, Quincy Jones, Gregory Porter, Don Was & Blue Note Records and the late Hugh Masekela have received these special awards in previous years.
A new category, ‘Venue of The Year’ launches at the 2020 Jazz FM Awards with Church of Sound, Love Supreme Festival and Manchester’s Band On The Wall amongst those in contention, which in addition to Album Of The Year and the PRS For Music UK Jazz Act Of The Year will be decided by public vote.
Andrea C. Martin, CEO, PRS for Music, said: “I am delighted that we are once again supporting the Jazz FM Awards, celebrating the brightest stars in the jazz, soul and blues community. The UK Jazz Act of the Year award is always hotly contested and we’re looking forward to seeing who the public vote as the winner. Congratulations to everyone nominated across all the awards, your creativity, innovation and vision continues to inspire us.”
Public voting is open now via the event’s official website and will close on Wednesday, 15 April at 23:59.
The 2020 Jazz FM Awards is made possible with support from PRS for Music, PPL, Mishcon de Reya, Hampstead Jazz Club, Saint Lucia Wellness Festival, Cambridge Audio, Arqiva, Oanda, British Airways, Shoreditch Town Hall, Yamaha UK, Blue Orchid Hotels and Saville Row Gin.
Full list of 2020 nominations:
BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR:
Sponsored by Cambridge Audio
THE DIGITAL AWARD Sponsored by Oanda:
THE INNOVATION AWARD: Sponsored by Mishcon de Reya:
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Hampstead Jazz Club:
INTERNATIONAL JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Saint Lucia Wellness Festival:
SOUL ACT OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by British Airways:
BLUES ACT OF THE YEARL Sponsored by Blue Orchid Hotels:
Gary Clark Jr.
VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
PRS For Music UK JAZZ ACT OF THE YEAR:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Arqiva:
Ashley Henry – Beautiful Vinyl Hunter
Binker Golding – Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers
Branford Marsalis Quartet – The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul
Jazzmeia Horn – Love and Liberation
SEED Ensemble – Drift Glass
Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia
VENUE OF THE YEAR:
Band on the Wall, Manchester
Church of Sound
Love Supreme Festival
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club
The Verdict, Brighton